Captain's Table

Mark Austen

2020.03.31 - Shopping Day

I read on the Tesco website on Sunday that they have instituted a queueing system at all stores to try and regulate the number of people in the store so as to allow people to maintain a 2m separation from each other as well as only opening from 08:00 instead of 06:00 as they had been doing previously. I also noted that they have and OAP/NHS hour from 9am to 10am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, so I decided that instead of shopping on Wednesday morning I would do it today.

I arrived at about 07:45 and sure enough there were about 100 people in a queue which I duly joined after getting myself a trolly. Precisely at 08:00 the first few shoppers were allowed in and about 10 minutes later I was in the store. There were still a few things sold out such as canned pulses but the thing that amused me a great deal with the toilet paper. There was heaps of it, almost literally.

There was so much that the shelves could not hold it all and there were stacks of toilet paper on the floor. Loads of the stuff.

I was sorely tempted to take a photo and post it somewhere with the title of "Shortage? What shortage?"

But I didn't.